From recycled products to organic food, the movement to be "environmentally friendly" is now expanding into the forestry field. Recognizing this impact, Home Depot has committed to giving preference to selling "certified wood," proven to come from forests that meet certain biological and social sustainablility standards. Retailers and vendors can offer certified wood through the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and FSC accredited organizations like SmartWood, recently featured in People magazine.
"…I do not know of another book on this topic that combines the theoretical with the practical in such a clear and concise fashion. The book's content ranges from the visionary…to the actual mechanics of a forest assessment. It is [an] in-depth and objective clarification of the Forest Stewardship Council principles and criteria for forest management."
-Hank Cauley, Executive Director, Forest Stewardship Council-U.S.
WHAT IS FOREST CERTIFICATION?
THE CERTIFICATION MOVEMENT
FORESTRY AS AN EVOLUTION IN CONSCIOUSNESS
PART ONE, A BRIEF LOOK AT TODAY'S FORESTRY
CHAPTER 1, THE PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATION OF TODAY'S FORESTRY, An Overview
Defining the Problem
PART TWO, SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY THROUGH THE PROCESS OF CERTIFICATION
CHAPTER 2, CERTIFICATION AND TRUSTEESHIP
A Certified Forest as a Living Trust
The Importance of Certification
CHAPTER 3, THE HISTORY OF FOREST CERTIFICATION
Institute for Sustainable Forestry
Forest Stewardship Council
Things to Do Prior to Seeking Certification
CHAPTER 4, HOW THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS WORKS
In the Forest
Chain-of Custody in General
CHAPTER 5, SOME OF THE COMMON PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED DURING THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS
Forest Landowners and Forest Managers
Social and Economic